Oil & Natural Gas Projects
Exploration and Production Technologies
Coal Bed Methane Best Management Practices Workshop
This project was a follow-up on the "Best Management" practices and
technologies developed under Contract DE-FG26-02NT15380.
The goal was to prepare and conduct four workshops on coalbed methane (CBM)
development and "best management practices", which target various
Arthur Langhus Layne, LLC (ALL Consulting)
ALL has conducted workshops and made numerous presentations on CBM "best
practices" in key regional and national locations that have CBM resources.
The workshop format allows presentation of a wide variety of information
on CBM development and environmental concerns related to produced water. Workshops
are the best way to reach the audience of land owners, ranchers, CBM developers,
state and federal agencies and environmental groups interested in CBM development.
Diverse viewpoints and expert presentations are offered at the workshops. The
workshops make use of the extensive information gathering during previous ALL
contracts on CBM development, water treatment and alternative uses of CBM produced
During the previous project, Handbooks for Preparing, Evaluation, Development,
Environmental Plans and Background Development Pertinent to Coal Bed Methane
Production (DE-FG26-02NT15380) were developed and published as three volumes.
The publications included the location of coal and CBM deposits, regulatory
issues, water rights, the volumes and quality of CBM produced water, treatment
of produced water, and beneficial use alternatives for disposal of produced
water. The workshops help ensure that this data will be available to the public
in an easily accessible/open manner.
CBM development on Public Lands in the west and water management relative to
CBM development is of major interest to a number of groups including: ranching
and agricultural interests, citizens living in the area, hunters, fishermen,
state and federal agencies, and environmental groups. The workshops present
information on leasing and development of environmental and planning studies
that must be in-place prior to any CBM activities, including project-specific
planning. A major goal of the project was to provide public and landowner education
and coordination to groups with an interest in CBM.
The focus of the four CBM produced water workshops is a five state area of the
Rocky Mountains (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico). This is
an active growth area where CBM is a significant natural gas resource. A major
emphasis of the workshops is demonstrating alternative beneficial uses for CBM
- Gillette, WY - July 2003
- Billings, MT - August 2003 (in connection with Montana Petroleum Association
- Denver, CO - April 28-29, 2004 (coordinated with the American Petroleum
- Albuquerque, NM - October 11, 2004 (in conjunction with the International
Petroleum Environmental (IPEC) conference).
Current Status (July 2005)
An additional workshop has been added at no additional cost to DOE. This workshop
was held at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) meeting in
Anchorage, AK in May 2005.
Project Start: May 25, 2003
Project End: October 31, 2004
DOE Contribution: $50,000 (100% of total)
Performer Contribution: None
Other Government Organizations Involved
Bureau of Land Management
NETL Rhonda Jacobs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-699-2037)
ALL Consulting Dan Arthur (email@example.com or 918-382-7582)
Delineating beneficial uses of CBM produced water.
Coal basins of the U.S.
Five state area of emphasis for CBM development.